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Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County Become SOVAH Health

Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County today announced that they are expanding their collaboration, forming SOVAH Health, a new regional medical center with two campuses – one in Danville and one in Martinsville. Together as SOVAH Health, the hospitals Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will have new opportunities to more proactively and effectively respond to the healthcare needs of the region.

“Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital have collaborated for many years to make communities across Southern Virginia healthier,” said Alan Larson, South Central Virginia Market President for LifePoint Health and CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health. “Becoming SOVAH Health allows us to build upon this partnership in exciting ways, expand our services to meet the changing needs of our communities, adapt in the changing healthcare environment, and create exciting new opportunities for growth for our staff and providers.”

Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital are both part of LifePoint Health. The two hospitals formed a regional healthcare delivery system, the South Central Virginia Market, in 2013. Over the past four years, they have worked together to increase their communities’ access to high quality, comprehensive care close to home through coordination, consolidation and collaboration. The success of this partnership led to the formation of SOVAH Health.

Named for the Southern Virginia region that both hospitals have called home for a combined 177 years, SOVAH Health will serve a 7-county region across southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. Its Danville and Martinsville campuses will employ more than 2100 staff, have more than 200 physicians on active medical staff and serve more than 100,000 patients of all ages each year. SOVAH Health’s new structure will include a single Board of Directors, Medical Executive Committee and Patient Family Advisory Board with representation from both campuses and communities. SOVAH Health offers a broad array of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, including cardiology, oncology, preventative health and wellness, radiology, rehabilitation, surgical services and women’s and children’s services. The Danville campus features a 250-bed medical center and provides over 30 medical specialties. Martinsville is home to a 223-bed hospital with over 25 medical specialties.

“SOVAH Health will allow Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital to advance our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Memorial Hospital, who will serve as CEO of SOVAH Health – Martinsville. “We’ve been successful hospitals, and we each have proud legacies. Together, we can create something that we could never achieve alone. We look forward to exploring with our staff, physicians and communities how we can transform the delivery of care and the health of people across this region and offer more high quality compassionate care close to home.”

All contact information for Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital will remain the same and visitors will see no difference in access to either campus.

About Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing acute care services, preventive and wellness services, surgical services and advanced treatments. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, please visit www.DanvilleRegional.com

About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com.

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  • Sovah Health is Making Communities Healthier
    Sovah Health, the newly formed regional health delivery system that is comprised of Sovah Health – Danville (formerly Danville Regional Medical Center) and Sovah Health – Martinsville (formerly Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County), today released each campus’ annual Community Benefit Report for 2016. The two hospitals provided an economic impact exceeding $22 million for the region, not including capital improvements, payroll expenditures and uncompensated care.
    Together, Sovah Health - Danville and Sovah Health - Martinsville recruited 22 new providers to the area in 2016, including physicians for hospital, emergency and family medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics, and ophthalmology. Combined, both facilities employed more than 2,100 employees with an annual payroll of more than $133 million. The hospitals also invested over half a million dollars for professional development and tuition reimbursement for physicians and staff.
     “At Sovah Health, our goal is to deliver the highest quality healthcare available across our region as we work to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Alan Larson, CEO of Sovah Health - Danville and Market President of Sovah Health. “With the help of dedicated physicians, employees, volunteers and board members – along with our communities’ continued support and encouragement – we are able to continuously improve care and make sure our patients’ experience at – or with – our health system the best it can be.”
    Both campuses invested significantly in their facilities through capital improvements in 2016. The Danville campus’ capital improvements exceeded $11 million with updates to the Sovah Cancer Center that included a new electronic health record, upgraded equipment and a new wide-bore CT scanner. Other improvements included the addition of the designated Chest Pain Center and renovations to the behavioral health unit, River District Tower and Chatham Health & Wellness, the latter of which also included the addition of the Sovah Chatham Imaging Center. Meanwhile at the Martinsville campus, investments of more than $7.8 million were made. These included a new state-of-the-art TruBeam Radiotherapy System for its radiation oncology program at the Ravenel Cancer Center; an extensive remodel of the emergency department; and new equipment throughout the facility, including a new surgical table, nurse call system, CT scanner and cooling towers.

    “Throughout 2016, our hospitals explored numerous ways to advance our mission and refine our focus on creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of Sovah Health - Martinsville. “And I am proud to say that our legacy of caring for our communities is stronger than ever as we come together as Sovah Health.”

    In regards to the economic impact, the Danville campus outlines more than $10 million in charity care, more than $1 million in community benefit programs and nearly $1.3 million in state and local taxes. The Martinsville campus lists more than $6 million in charity care, more than $300,000 in community benefit programs and more than $2.5 million in state and local taxes. 
     
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    About Sovah Health 

    Sovah Health is a regional healthcare delivery system, serving the south central Virginia and north central North Carolina region. It is comprised of two hospital campuses, one in Danville (formerly known as Danville Regional Medical Center) and the other in Martinsville (formerly known as Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County). The Danville campus is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina employing approximately 1300 people and with 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The Martinsville campus has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. Sovah Health -Martinsville has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850 people. 

  • Memorial Hospital Names 2017 Mercy Award Winner

    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (“MHMHC”) which is part of LifePoint Health, recently announced that Judy Robertson, RN has been recognized as the hospital’s 2017 Mercy Award winner. Robertson is one of roughly 70 other individuals across LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company that employs more than 46,000 individuals, to receive this award.

    The annual Mercy Award program was established in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). It recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint’s 72 healthcare facilities, and the Health Support Center based in Brentwood, Tenn., who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.

    The Mercy Award is considered the highest honor a LifePoint employee can receive. “At Memorial Hospital, we share LifePoint’s commitment to making communities healthier, and we realize that the hard work and dedication of our employees is critical to our success,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of MHMHC. “Every day, Judy goes above and beyond to demonstrate a level of care and compassion that we want every person who enters our facilities to experience. We are extremely proud to recognize Judy for her efforts on behalf of our patients and our community.”

    Robertson joined Memorial Hospital in 2004, and works as Director of Care Management. In her role, Robertson coordinates care for patients at the hospital and works with local agencies including the MHC Coalition for Health & Wellness, Southern Area Agency on Aging and local nursing homes and home health agencies. Outside of work, Robertson is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Collinsville and serves as a member of the YMCA Board.

    Nominees for the award also included Kelly Adkins (Director, Telemetry); Linda Cassell (Advanced Linen Aide); Linda Coe (OPS/Pain Clinic Coordinator); Mary Colledge (Martinsville ENT); June Durand (Martinsville Internal Medicine); LaTanya Mullins (Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine).

    Each hospital winner, including Robertson, will be considered for LifePoint’s 2017 companywide Mercy Award. The company-wide winner will be announced this summer and honored during a special ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., in August, to which Robertson and all hospital winners are invited to attend.

    About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, part of LifePoint Health, has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. A 223-bed, acute care facility, Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff, employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please call (276)666-7200 or visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com. For more information about LifePoint Health, visit www.LifePointHealth.net.

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  • Physician Practices Unveil New Identities to Reflect Affiliation with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County

    Physician practices affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) will feature new names effective December 1. Collectively the practices will be a part of Memorial Hospital Physicians to emphasize their association with the hospital and the continuum of care available to the community.

    For years, physicians and staff providing care in eleven primary and specialty care practices throughout Martinsville and Henry County have been employed by MHMHC. Renaming the physician practices will strengthen their connection to the hospital, which has served the community for more than 45 years.

    “We’re pleased to share this new identity structure with our community,” said Michael Ehrat, CEO of MHMHC. “The new names reflect our commitment to providing our patients continuity and coordination of care by highlighting a clear connection between the physician practices and the hospital. We want to emphasize that only the practice names are changing. Patients will receive the same high quality care as always, with the same physicians and staff and in the same locations.”

    The names of physician practices will change as follows:

    1. Smith River Health & Wellness in Bassett Forks will be known as Bassett Primary Care
    2. The Gastroenterology Center of Martinsville will be known as Martinsville Gastroenterology
    3. Southern Virginia Cardiovascular Consultants will be known as Martinsville Heart & Vascular
    4. The offices of Dr. James Isernia and Dr. Caren Aaron will be known as Martinsville Internal Medicine
    5. The OB/GYN Center will be known as Martinsville OB/GYN
    6. The Bone and Joint Center will be known as Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

    The following physician practices’ names will not change:

    1. Martinsville ENT
    2. Martinsville Pediatrics
    3. Martinsville Pulmonology
    4. Martinsville Women’s Health

    Ravenel Oncology Center Martinsville Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, formerly the Bone & Joint Center, is opening an additional location at 2690 Greensboro Road beside Planet Fitness and Martinsville Family Medicine in December. Dr. Robert “Butch” Cassidy will provide specialty orthopedics and sports medicine care with walk-in availability. For appointments, call 276.666.2663.

    In the coming months, MHMHC has many new projects on the horizon, including the launch of a Lung Cancer Screening Program and Lung Nodule Clinic, the opening of a new Vein Center and a remodel of the Emergency Department.

    To find a physician or learn about services call 276.656.DOCS or visit MartinsvilleHospital.com.

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    About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
    Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County, part of LifePoint Health, has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region since 1970. A 223-bed, acute care facility, Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. Memorial Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Cancer and as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on the medical staff, employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information about Memorial Hospital, please call (276)666-7200 or visit www.MartinsvilleHospital.com. For more information about LifePoint Health, visit www.LifePointHealth.net.

     

  • DRMC Supports HopeXchange Medical Center

    Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is proud to share that they recently supported HopeXchange Medical Center (Kumasi, Ghana) and the Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation, USA by donating medical supplies to help HopeXchange Medical Center fulfill their mission of promoting human dignity and alleviating suffering in developing countries through education, healthcare and sustainable development.

    Supporting this initiative allows DRMC to be a part of bringing medical supplies to those who need it and who otherwise might not receive care. With limited access to health services, this donation supports the Ghana medical community and brings quality healthcare to more people.

    "DRMC was honored to be a part of this project as we continue Making Communities Healthier, not just in Danville, but throughout the world" says Alan Larson, Market President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "We touch lives every day and I am so proud of the roles that our employees and medical staff play in making a difference."

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    About Danville Regional Medical Center:
    Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com.

    About HopeXchange Medical Center:
    The HopeXchange Medical Center is a modern, innovative facility designed to promote action towards catalyzing the rampant disease and ailments found in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be a regional hub for the delivery of specialized medical training and patient services. The three main elements to the Medical Center are the Clinical and Surgical Units, The Institute for Medical Education and Clinical Training, and the Clinical and Translational Research Program. The Medical Center serves as the primary clinical and research site for The HopeXchange Health Project. The HopeXchange Health Project is a collaborative international effort aimed at increasing healthcare capacity in sub-Saharan Africa through the development of an innovative, replicable, and scalable model. It is directed in a close collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Health and a network of prominent local and international partners. For more information, please visit www.hopexchangemedicalcenter.org.

     

  • DRMC Receives Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation

    Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) announced today that they received full Chest Pain Center Re-Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) as a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.

    “Since becoming accredited in 2012, DRMC has undergone rigorous onsite evaluation by the SCPC and is dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available.” says Alan Larson, Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “As an Accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive the right care at the right time, timely and accurate diagnoses and improved quality of life after a heart episode.”

    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

    An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

    SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

    By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, DRMC has demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

    • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
    • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
    • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms  Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
    • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
    • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
    • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
    • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

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    About Danville Regional Medical Center: Danville Regional is the leading medical center in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina providing open heart surgery, spinal surgery and advanced cancer treatment. Approximately 175 physicians are on the medical staff. The medical center employs approximately 1,300 people. For more information, visit www.DanvilleRegional.com. About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease. For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

     

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